My Perfect Family Bank Holiday

Before kids Bank Holidays were cherished and savoured. The weather was guaranteed to let the side down but I’ve never been the green-fingered type. Besides, most beer gardens have patio heaters these days and that was the only logical destination after the mother of all lie-ins. In 2011 I had a rude awakening. By May 1st Emily was hovering on…

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The Great ‘Build-A-Bear’ Con (& How I Fall For It Everytime)

I took the girls to Build-A-Bear yesterday. It was a treat for Emily as she’s done so well in the BBC R2 Short Story Competition and Jess has managed to keep her new glasses on for 50% of the time. Before the Easter Holidays we were in single digits so it’s a big improvement. We haven’t been to Build-A-Bear since…

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The Lake District: 3 Must-See Experiences For All the Family

I’ve spent many Easters in The Lake District. My parents were keen walkers and by the age of ten I’d been dragged (and bribed) up most of the mountains in Cumbria. Tradition is a wonderful thing, especially when you have a family of your own. A small shuffle of the cast and you get to reboot some of the best moments of your…

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Embracing the Disney Magic: How Mickey Makes Memories

I took my girls to see Disney’s new Beauty & The Beast film on Sunday. Good job too. Our home life would have descended into anarchy if I hadn’t. Ever since the trailers emerged last year my two daughters have been tiny pinwheels of excitement. But embracing Disney is a lesson in patience. And money. Have you visited your local supermarket…

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Days out: Hope Nature Centre

We’re not short on things to do in Wiltshire. We have fields and woodland on our doorstep and National Trust Properties down the road, but if I give my kids the choice there’s only ever one answer: ‘Hope Nature Centre please, mummy!’ Situated in Southwick Country Park, Hope Nature Centre is a fantastic place for children to roam and explore, and there are…

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Ice-skating at Hampton Court Palace

I went ice-skating over Christmas for the first time in twenty years. Yes, you heard that right. TWENTY. When the hell did I get so old? My folks live close to Hampton Court Palace so the scene was set. In effect, the gauntlet was thrown down. What could possibly go wrong? I had visions of us gently skating around the grounds,…

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